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VDI install and use

VDI "Virtual Desktop Infrastructure" gives you access to a powerful machine at UIO using the VMware Horizon Client. This guide shows you how to install and use VMware Horizon Client.

Installing VMware Horizon Client on a UiO managed PC

At UiO the Horizon Client can be downloaded from the Windows Software Center. To access the Software Center press Windows+s and start typing “software center”, then press enter to start the application.

In the upper right corner of the Software Center search for “horizon”, and select to install the “VMware Horizon Client”.

You will now have the VMware Horizon icon on your desktop.





Installing the VMware Horizon Client on your private machine

  1. In order to connect to a virtual machine you need the VMware Horizon Client software. If you do not already have VMware Horizon Client installed you can download it.
  2. Open the downloaded installation file and follow the instructions to install the software.
  3. Start VMware Horizon Client. You will find it in the start menu on your Windows computer, or in the Applications folder on your Mac.
  4. The first time you run VMware Horizon Client you need to connect to UiO's server.
    • Click "Add Server"
      Skjermbilde av vindu med knapp for å legge til server
    • Enter "" into the text field in the pop up window and click "connect"
      Skjermbilde av vindu hvor man fyller inn serveradresse
    • Log in with your UiO-username and password.
      Skjermbilde av innlogging
    • If the software offers you to add shortcuts, you can simply answer "No" on Windows or "Cancel" if you are on a Mac.
      Skjermbilde av spørsmålsdialog
  5. You will see a lot of buttons. Both for VDI and standalone software. Double-click on the link you want to open.
    • Note that this might take some time. Be patient!
      Skjermbilde av VMware Horizon Client
  6. You are now connected to a virtual UiO-machine.

Start VMware Horizon Client


  • Double-click the VMWare Horizon Client icon
  • Press the Windows-key on your keyboard "s". Type "Horizon". Press enter to start VMware Horizon Client


  • VMware Horizon Client is run with "vmware-view".


  • Press Option + Space then write "Horizon". Start VMware Horizon Client


Published Nov. 6, 2018 2:42 PM - Last modified Mar. 16, 2020 1:21 PM